How Obama's Speech Played in Iran

Thursday, June 04, 2009

In his message to the Muslim world, President Obama made special mention of Iran's history of hostage-taking and violence against Americans as well as America's own history of meddling in Iranian politics. The President's comments came after a so-called "prebuttal" of his speech by Iran's Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Khamenei, who claimed the U.S. was "deeply hated" in the Middle East. Jon Leyne, the BBC's Tehran Correspondent, joins us with reactions to the President's speech from Iran and Marcus Mabry, international business editor for the New York Times, joins us in New York.

"He's making this speech just before not just the Iranian elections, but also the Lebanese elections. It kind of indicates to me a touching American faith in the strength of democracy in these countries."

— BBC's Jon Leyne on President Obama's speech


Jon Leyne and Marcus Mabry

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